Free childcare places help Southend’s working parents

Published Tuesday, 10th July 2018

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Nurseries, preschools, childminders and school nursery classes across the borough are offering free places for three and four year olds.

As part of the Government’s initiative to improve financial support for working parents, all three and four year olds are entitled to up to 15 hours free childcare over 38 weeks. Working parents of three and four year olds who meet the criteria could be entitled to an extra 15 hours free childcare. It’s easy to apply – parents can go to the Childcare Choices website and follow the instructions to apply for a code, which they will need to give to their childcare provider.

Cllr Helen Boyd, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “The take-up of these places has been strong so far in Southend-on-Sea. That said, there are still September places available in many childcare settings, for those children who apply prior to the end of August. To start in September with up to 30 free hours per week, your child must have turned three before 31 August 2018, and you must have completed the application process by then too.

“Juggling work and childcare is no easy feat for parents, but we hope that the 30 hours initiative can support those parents who are continuing their work, or getting back in to work, so their family finances are easier to manage.”

Working parents are urged to make sure they don’t run out of time to apply for a 30 hours code for September – parents can check whether they are eligible on the Child Care Choices website. 

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